21 March 18
Finished to the nines with a full light blue tint and a “sanded smoke” filler coat for a worn jeans look, this 9’4” Noserider is shaped by Oceanside’s Dru Sheppard and dressed up with resin work by Rhino Laminating, and 100% made on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Dru grew up in Mona Vale, still lives, surfs and works there, and comes from a family of much-respected surfers. His father Russell and uncle Phil made some classic surf films including the underground log movie The Ultimate Life in the ’60s, then Our Day in the Sun and the cinema-release A Winters Tale in the ’70s.
“My dad, and those movies with their clean styles of surfing, heavily influenced my own approach to surfing and shaping. I travelled the East Coast when I was really young and then throughout Europe, Africa, America and Indo and I guess all this led to Oceanside Surfcraft . . . and a focus on function and form.
“The Noserider’s plan-shape is quite hippy with an 18.5" nose and 16.5” tail and wide point pulled right back. It has a smooth entry rocker with some decent tail kick for great hold on the tip, and a blended nose concave to rolled all the way through the tail. At 9’4” x 23” x 3” with pinched 50/50 rails, it’s our best selling log and an everyday favourite.”
Shaped from a Surfblanks blank with a ½” cedar stringer, it comes with an Alkali 10” George fin, and one of you PLB subscribers is going to own it by next issue!
This is our 79th subscriber board giveaway, and every single issue of PLB, every NEW or CURRENT Australian subscriber is in the draw to win a top-end longboard!